Pillitteri Estates Winery
Pillitteri Estates Winery
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Pillitteri Estates Winery proudly continues a family tradition of viticulture and winemaking excellence. For Gary Pillitteri, the opening of Pillitteri Estates Winery in June of 1993 was the culmination of a lifetime dream. Today the Pillitteri family continues his dream and tradition of quality, having received over 1000 wine awards from around the world. New to Pillitteri in 2020 is BarrelHead Restaurant. BarrelHead opens daily at Noon, serving wood fired pizza, gourmet salads and unique Icewine cocktails. Join us for winery tour and tasting experiences at one of our many tasting bars, on our patio or experience our winery education centre. Enjoy a wine tour as a guide will take you through the winemaking process, from vineyard, through press house to our one of a kind barrel cellar. Learn about the Pillitteri family's winemaking journey from a small town in Sicily to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. With 3 generations involved in the winery's operation it is a true family business.
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  • IAl
    Toronto, Canada224 contributions
    Got a behind the scenes tour of the wine making
    We enjoyed our wine tour of the Pilliteri Estates. It seemed that as we came as a private tour with Niagara Vintage Wine Tours and our tour sommelier and the Pilliteri staff doing our tour (Rob) knew each other personally, we got a behind the scenes tour. We toured the estate, the underground cellars with the wine barrels 20ft below (my favourite part), the massive grape press machinery, the architecture of the new buildings, the appasamento (sp) style of wine making unique to this particular wine estate and the marketing and packaging of their wines which they export globally. We also got a history of the Pilliteri family and how 3 generations of the family still actively work within this winery business today. I loved that in the wine tasting within their beautifully decorated and furnished private tasting room, we got to taste several different wines (not just 3 wines which is the norm in many estate) including their more high end reserve wines and trivilante. Rob kindly offered us waters to drink, as well. This was a fun experience and the only thing I would say is that if the wine tour can be timed with a walk on the fields or seeing the grape press machinery in action or seeing more of the behind the scenes action, it would be fantastic and highly educational.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2022
  • marilync120
    Hamilton, Canada47 contributions
    Excellent tour
    Rob gave us a great tour of the facility. We were the only people on the tour, so Rob tailored the wines we tasted to us. This winery is rich in family history. Stunning metal artwork throughout. Excellent wines to taste. Really enjoyed the very informative tour and tastes.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 9, 2023
  • Laurat33
    Orlando, Florida449 contributions
    Great wine
    Last stop on a private wine tour day and it was the perfect ending. Quick tour of the facility, learned the history of the vineyard and a tasting in a private room. Very enjoyable, highly recommend!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Jan O
    4 contributions
    Staff Make the Difference
    Amazing Winery! Fantastic selection! Special thanks to Indra for all her help. She is very friendly, knowledgeable about the products, and helpful with making the best possible selections. Enables a great shopping experience. This will bring me back to Pillitteri Wineries on my next trip to Canada!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Shari and Tim B
    3 contributions
    Excellent Tour
    Fantastic experience at Pillitteri winery!! My friend is a wine club member and gets 6 tour/tastings a year, so she took us for a free tour! Jacob was our guide and he is TOP NOTCH! Friendly, very knowledgeable and fun!! Highly recommended! Lots of delicious wine to taste! Will be back!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 25, 2023
  • worldcitizen002
    Mississauga, Canada41 contributions
    A first class winery.
    The selection of wines here is varied, and always the finest quality. I dealt with Rob, and as usual he gave the best service, pointing out the best deals of the day. I will always include Pillitterri Estates Winery on my wine tours.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 5, 2023
  • roz f
    Ottawa, Canada2 contributions
    Great food and service with good musical entertainment. We highly recommend it.
    Excellent casual eating. Fresh locally sourced food. Delicious caprese salad . Pizza prepared in an outside wood burning oven. Ice wine with gelato for dessert Olivia provided friendly service. Plenty of staff preparing the meal. Olivia served icing hot. We look forward to being back next summer. The food and service was great. The band provided great entertainment.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Steve D
    1 contribution
    Great visit
    In town for our anniversary and decided to take their tour. Amazing experience. Great wine and food. But the highlight was was staff, Justin, McKenna and Conner to name a few. Of course we had to buy some of the wine that met our taste. We will be back
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Gausian
    New York City, New York3 contributions
    Nice winery
    Wines were average but tour was good with some history of the family who started the business. Only issue I felt worth mentioning is kids should not have to pay for the tour, I believe they didn’t mention it on the website. The guy at the cashier was a little rude about it, when I mentioned that the website should at least mention that kids should pay for the tour! Overall the tour guide was nice and knowledgeable. We even bought some ice wines at the end of the tour. The restaurant on site was great bonus too as kids were very hungry at the end of tour!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 25, 2023
  • ronburgundy1232015
    Niagara Falls, Canada171 contributions
    Barrelhead Patio is THE Place!
    Stopped in to see what the ‘buzz’ was about. From the parking lot, you can’t see much for all the plantings but then…behind the gate awaits a warm, rustic and inviting space. Under an angled roof or amongst the trees, one dines on fresh salads and made to order pizzas that are so yummy. Our server Leah was excellent and the live music by Matt Taylor further added to our enjoyment. Well done, Mike!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
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Penny D
Montreal, Quebec, Canada10 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Had a really great time at this winery. I had the BEST pizza that I’ve ever had, and I’ve been to Italy!! The wines that we tried were very good and settled on the double pressed. I highly recommend visiting this winery with its great food, drink and staff.
Written October 17, 2023
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Jeff B
Lambton Shores, Canada430 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
We had a wonderful tasting by Cordelia. She gave us great suggestions and explained the wines we tasted. We bought more than we had planned and are happy we did. We will be enjoying some lovely wines until our next trip here. Ask for Cordelia. She will take great care of you
Written September 11, 2023
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Bitsie H
Glastonbury, CT5 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Wine tasting way better than expected thanks to a passionate student who works the vineyard but was in the tasting room. Bought several bottles to share back home in CT. Probably best pizza we’ve ever had……topped off with amazing service from Pam. Don’t miss this vineyard if you are in the area!
Written September 10, 2023
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Passport26376017585
2 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
We had dinner at the Barrel Head Pizza Patio. Food, service and entertainment excellent. We liked the atmosphere and it is nice to know the winery is a supporter of Team Canada
Written August 28, 2023
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ronburgundy1232015
Niagara Falls, Canada171 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
Stopped in to see what the ‘buzz’ was about. From the parking lot, you can’t see much for all the plantings but then…behind the gate awaits a warm, rustic and inviting space. Under an angled roof or amongst the trees, one dines on fresh salads and made to order pizzas that are so yummy. Our server Leah was excellent and the live music by Matt Taylor further added to our enjoyment. Well done, Mike!
Written August 25, 2023
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Gausian
New York City, NY3 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
Wines were average but tour was good with some history of the family who started the business. Only issue I felt worth mentioning is kids should not have to pay for the tour, I believe they didn’t mention it on the website. The guy at the cashier was a little rude about it, when I mentioned that the website should at least mention that kids should pay for the tour! Overall the tour guide was nice and knowledgeable. We even bought some ice wines at the end of the tour. The restaurant on site was great bonus too as kids were very hungry at the end of tour!
Written August 25, 2023
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Steve D
1 contribution
Aug. 2023 • Couples
In town for our anniversary and decided to take their tour. Amazing experience. Great wine and food. But the highlight was was staff, Justin, McKenna and Conner to name a few. Of course we had to buy some of the wine that met our taste. We will be back
Written August 22, 2023
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Krystael
New York City, NY4 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
We came across the winery through a Google search for ice wines in the region (the largest distributor in the world!). And boy it did not disappoint.

The shop’s set up has a wonderful charm to it and the options are plentiful. We waited about 15 minutes for our guided tour to start which gave us plenty of time to browse the selections.

The tour lasted 30-45 minutes and we received a wonderful overview of the estate from our super knowledgeable tour guide. Each part of the winery had a distinct charm and you felt the family values of the owners throughout the tour.

All the wine selections on the tour (4 in total) were available for purchase afterwards, and the staff was very accommodating if you wanted to sample other selections.

A wood oven pizza was open for lunch, which made for a great ending.

Definitely would recommend. Looking forward to ordering online selections!
Written August 21, 2023
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minimize940314
Los Angeles, CA3,527 contributions
Dec. 2022
Amazing quality of icewine. The variety of options available was awesome. I ended up purchasing some bottles for myself. I wished they could have shipped the wines to my place in California. I would return with a larger bag.
Written August 16, 2023
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roz f
Ottawa, Canada2 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
Excellent casual eating. Fresh locally sourced food. Delicious caprese salad . Pizza prepared in an outside wood burning oven. Ice wine with gelato for dessert Olivia provided friendly service. Plenty of staff preparing the meal. Olivia served icing hot. We look forward to being back next summer. The food and service was great. The band provided great entertainment.
Written August 5, 2023
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